Box office: Tom Cruise scores with 'Oblivion'
The film, also starring Olga Kurylenko and Morgan Freeman, looks likely to earn around $38.5 million for the weekend, making it one of Cruise's strongest openings in some time.
Expect it to make an even bigger impact in international markets.
Holdover "42" scored another $5.2 million, bringing its domestic total up to $41.2 million (it would be so much more satisfying if that number was $42 million).
Likewise, DreamWorks Animation's "The Croods" continues to monopolize family audiences, earning another $2.2 million on Friday.
Its domestic total stand at a nifty $147 million.
"Scary Movie 5" continues to struggle, coming in at No. 4 with $2 million.
The spoof has so far scared up just $18.7 million, a total which pales in comparison to earlier entries in the long-running series.
"G.I. Joe: Retaliation" mustered up $1.5 million in the fight against Cobra. The Swayne Johnson/Channing Tatum/Bruce Willis sequel recently passed the $100 million mark in North America, and is doing well overseas.
Indie crime drama "The Place Beyond the Pines," starring Ryan Gosling and Bradley Cooper, earned $1.4 million in its first day of wide release after opening in a handful of markets two weeks ago.
"Pines" has earned $8.3 million domestically.
Look for complete weekend estimates Sunday on HitFix.